Christmas Ornaments

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Project by murrayintokyo posted 12-24-2018 02:41 AM 1034 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Merry Christmas!!

I made twelve ornaments on the lathe. First time to do so, a lot of experimenting with shapes and styles… some good, some not so much. Great way to learn and practice but next year I may start a bit earlier in the season!


It was a mix of woods I had on hand; balls made of oak and Burmese padauk (more brown then red). Finials made from a mix of stuff; teak, hemlock, popular, padauk, and a few unknowns.

First time to try using a melamine lacquer and couldn’t be happier. On these small turnings it was easy, super fast drying time, and looked great. Then a little wax to finish them off.

If you’re interested, I made a Facebook page to show some more stuff. Duke & Duke Woodshop

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#1 posted 12-24-2018 02:46 AM

Beautiful ornaments!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-24-2018 03:25 AM

Those look great! I planned on trying some myself this year but have run out of time, maybe next time!

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#3 posted 12-24-2018 06:16 AM

So beautiful stuff…I only wonder how it works on Christmas tree, due it’s weight..?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-24-2018 01:54 PM

So beautiful stuff…I only wonder how it works on Christmas tree, due it s weight..?

- majuvla

Normally the globes are hollowed out. If not…. then you’d best find a sturdy branch!
Of course you could just use some Spruce 2×4 and just make them smaller one-piece ornaments…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#5 posted 12-24-2018 01:54 PM

Nice forms on the finials and icicles. Did you hollow the globes?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 12-25-2018 01:52 PM

Some very fine, detailed work on the finials.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#7 posted 12-25-2018 10:33 PM

Murray , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-27-2018 01:24 PM

Thanks everyone

The globes were mostly hollowed out.. I only have one hollowing tool so I couldn’t get to all the places inside the globes, but enough to reduce the weight 50-70%

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#9 posted 01-04-2019 02:28 PM

Great work, real beauty’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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